Every club has its unlikely types and their cult heroes. It is not surprising that often, these two types are one and the same. For Collingwood that player is none other than Alan Toovey; the West Australian rookie who made the journey from maligned player, to premiership defender, cult hero and favourite player in the hearts of many Magpie supporters.
Given our current position of being the benchmark for the league, it seems that every second week rates as a danger game purely through how unexpected a loss would be. I’ll be the first to admit that I was wary of our match against West Coast, especially when considering their recent form, but a lot of my concerns were perhaps misplaced as I grow accustomed to following a side that is just that much better than most teams.
If you looked at the final score against Adelaide, you would have been forgiven for thinking it wasn’t the jail break that it so clearly was. The difference in our brand of escapism was that rather than being content to sneak away under the cover of darkness with the four points, before the South Australian wardens cottoned on, we decided to turn the whole establishment to rubble in the process.
It was a tale of two halves at Etihad Stadium yesterday, with our boys looking destined for an unthinkable second loss at the half-time break and again during the early stages of the final term. Our final 20 minutes of football will be a talking point this week, but despite how well we finished we’ll have learned more from the first half than from the final quarter blitz that rocked Adelaide and all those observing.
Player-by-player review from our VFL loss to Williamstown. Alex Fasolo and Scott Reed being standouts.
One thing good teams do is bounce back, but great teams bounce back with a vengeance. Despite it being only a three point deficit and a game that we came incredibly close to stealing, Geelong still very much got the better of us last week. They won most statistical categories – especially the ones that count – and a side hasn’t managed to do that against us for a while now.
We can finally lay all the speculation to rest regarding an undefeated season, with Geelong proving themselves to be the better team on Friday night. That might be the case now, but it’s a marathon and we’ll get an opportunity to square the ledger in the final round of the home and away season.
Player-by-player review for our round 7 VFL clash against Geelong at Victoria Park.
Rounding out my depth review during the early stages of the 2011 season, we’ll take a look at the players who shape as potential prospects from next year onwards. I’ve decided to break this final part down into three sections: the likely types, the projects and finally, an overview of those who we are yet to see enough of or are yet to show enough.
Having previously gone over our immediate depth options; covering the likes of Goldsack, Macaffer, McCarthy, Buckley, Wood and so forth; I’ll now take a look at the players outside our starting line-up that may push for selection throughout the middle and latter parts of the year. Understandably, this list will be comprised of our younger brigade and will feature those who have been on the list for only a couple of seasons, along with some impressive first year players.